Julia Haffer is currently a speech-language pathologist in a floating clinician role for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. In this role, she provides diagnostic and intervention services in the acute care, long-term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facility levels of care. Prior to joining the Spaulding Network in 2009, she worked in the acute care setting at Duke Medical Center. She specializes in the evaluation/treatment of adults with disorders of cognition/consciousness, motor speech, voice, language, and swallowing, including proficiency in MBS, FEES, and vent/trach populations. She is also experienced in student supervision across the clinical continuum. 

Julia has served as a term lecturer for the IHP since May 2018.

The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
MS, Speech and Hearing Sciences; 2008
- Awarded Social Inclusion Grant: Specialized courses through the school of education, an inclusion internship/project, and 150 hours of clinical research. 
- Completed an independent study in Antigua, Guatemala. 

University Of Rochester 
BA, Summa Cum Laude, Brain, and Cognitive Sciences; 2006

- Cumulative GPA 3.97
- Minors in Spanish and Clinical Psychology
- Academic Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Psi Chi; Golden Key (Community Service Chair)
- President of Kappa Delta Sorority

Research Interests

Resolving Ambiguity: The Integration of Prosody and Syntax by Individuals With High-Functioning Autism (Diehl, J.J., Bennetto, L., Watson, D., Gunlogson, C., McDonough, J., Watson, J.R.). Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development  March 30, 2007.

Acoustic and Perceptual Analysis of Prosody in Autism (Diehl, J.J., Watson, D., McDonough, J., Gunlogson, C., Young, E.C. & Benetto, L.). Contributed to research for and preparation of poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research.  May 5, 2005.


Haffer, Julia; Penrod, Sara. "Disorders of Consciousness: Practical Tips for Maximizing Interprofessional Care in Minimally Conscious Patients.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention; November 20, 2021.

Haffer, Julia; Lewis, Amy; Penrod, Sara. "Documenting Outside the Checkbox: A look at challenges and successes in a network-wide EMR overhaul." American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention; November 17, 2018.

Haffer, Julia; Lewis, Amy; Penrod, Sara. "Perks and Practices Of Hospital Network Floats". American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention; November 20, 2014.

Haffer, Julia. “Respiratory Muscle Strength Training: Getting Started.” Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Charlestown Education Session; October 1, 2015.